AP-MI–Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. David Runk is on the desk, followed by Rick Callahan. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

GERRYMANDERING 101

MEDFORD, Mass. — Critics of gerrymandering are getting new help from math and data experts at many universities. Scholars from California to Massachusetts have been working on cutting-edge math and computer-science tools that could help federal courts identify voting districts that are drawn unfairly. Legal experts say courts have used relatively unscientific methods to evaluate voting districts in the past but that new algorithms and mathematical approaches could reshape how cases are decided. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 750 words, photo. Michigan editors: Includes reference to University of Michigan.

OBIT-GUNNAR BIRKERTS

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died. He was 92. His son, Sven Birkerts, said his father died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Needham, Massachusetts. SENT: 270 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

—ONLINE THREATS: A man who authorities say posted threatening, anti-Semitic messages on Twitter has been placed on probation for two years in western Michigan.

—SEVERE WEATHER-MICHIGAN: Severe thunderstorms that moved across Michigan spawned at least one possible tornado, knocking down trees and flipping over a trailer.

—NEW TRAIL: A new multi-use recreational trail is up and running in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

—SUNFLOWERS-TRESPASSING: Police in Northfield Township have been giving trespassing tickets to people who enter a popular sunflower field for photos and a closer look

SPORTS:

BBA–DODGERS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers look for a win Friday when they start a three-game home series hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Tigers are coming off a four game losing streak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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